Citizen Science Association

Schoodic Institute is a leader in the development of the Citizen Science Association, and serves as the fiscal sponsor of the Association. The mission of the Association is to foster communication, collaboration, and professional development in citizen science. Membership to the Association is open. For complete information or to become a member (inaugural membership is free, for a limited time), please go to the Association’s website: The Citizen Science Association now has over 5,000 members from 81 countries.

About the Citizen Science Association:

Vision – A world where people understand, value, and participate in citizen science.

Mission – Advance citizen science through communication, coordination, and education.

Goals – The Citizen Science Association actively works to:

  • Establish a global community of practice for citizen science
  • Advance the field of citizen science through innovation and collaboration
  • Promote the value and impact of citizen science
  • Provide access to tools and resources that further best practice
  • Support communication and professional development services
  • Foster diversity and inclusion within the field
Some accomplishments of the Citizen Science Association as of 2016:
  • Hosted the first international citizen science conference in San Jose, California, in February 2015, in conjunction with AAAS.
  • Developed and facilitated Citizen Science Day.
  • Started the first peer-reviewed journal devoted solely to research on citizen science.
  • Signed a memorandum of understanding to work with the European and Australian Citizen Science Associations.
  • Planning for a vibrant citizen science conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, in May 2017.
  • Cultivating a vibrant community of practice through working groups, online communications, and web-based toolkits of recommended practices–toolkits available at (which were the basis for the toolkits available at


Associations for Citizen Science: Regional knowledge, Global Collaboration.  

Development and significance of the Citizen Science Association and similar associations in Europe and Australia. Published November 11, 2016. Since 2012, three organizations advancing the work of citizen science practitioners have arisen in different regions: The primarily US-based but globally open Citizen Science Association (CSA), the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), and the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA). These associations are moving rapidly to establish themselves and to develop inter-association collaborations. We consider the factors driving this emergence and the significance of this trend for citizen science as a field of practice, as an area of scholarship, and for the culture of scientific research itself.

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by Ubiquity Press on behalf of the Citizen Science Association. It focuses on advancing the field of citizen science by providing a venue for citizen science practitioners and researchers—e.g., scientists, information specialists, conservation managers, community health organizers, educators, evaluators, urban planners, citizen scientists, and more—to share best practices in conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in scientific endeavors in any discipline.  See news of a Call for Papers.

Citizen Science 2015: February 11th-12th, San Jose, California, USA

Citizen Science 2015 was the inaugural conference of the Citizen Science Association (CSA), two days of building connections and exchanging ideas across a wide spectrum of disciplines and experiences. Participate and help to shape the future of citizen science!

The Conference was attended by over 650 participants from 23 countries, and was widely viewed as a remarkable success.

There were six main themes for the conference:

  • Tackling Grand Challenges and Everyday Problems with Citizen Science
  • Broadening Engagement to Foster Diversity and Inclusion
  • Making Education and Lifelong Learning Connections (K-12, university, informal)
  • Digital Opportunities and Challenges in Citizen Science
  • Research on and Evaluation of the Citizen Science Experience
  • Best Practices for Designing, Implementing, and Managing Citizen Science Projects and Programs

For more about the conference, here are a number of links collected by the Citizen Science Association:

How to Build a Citizen Science Community
By Amy Robinson, EyeWire

The Evolving Field of Citizen Science
By Grace Troxel, CAISE

Citizen Science 2015 – Reflections
By Muki Hakley, University College London

Reports from HackFest
By Darlene Cavelier, SciStarter

Intellectual Property Issues in Citizen Science
By Teresa Scassa, University of Ottawa

3 ‘Take Aways’ from Citizen Science Association Conference
By Sarah West, SEI York

Erica Krimmel on Citizen Science 2015
By Erica Krimmel, Switzer Foundation

Citizen Science and the Many Ways of Knowing
By Kelsie McCutcheon, Truckee River Guide

Building Partnerships to Engage People in Science
By The Schoodic Institute

Why We #CitSci
By Holly Menninger, Your Wild Life

CitSci2015: An Overview
By Monica Peters, Waikato University

Storify: #CitSci2015 diversity comments
By Alberto Roca, @MinorityPostdoc

InformalScience Updates from the Field
By Kalie Sacco, CAISE

Twitter stream notes
By John Gallo, @johnagallo

#WhyICitSci Storify
By Johanna Varner, @johannavarner



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